Commuters using a busy West Midlands rail station could save £100 each month and avoid the rush hour jams by parking up their cars and continuing their journey by train.
Centro, the region’s transport authority, and Virgin Trains have teamed up to offer combined park and rail tickets from Birmingham International station to help beat the rising cost of city centre parking.
Those choosing to leave their cars at the station car park could save up to £155.50 a month, by buying a combined four week n-train or n-network ‘park and rail’ ticket.
Centro marketing executive Rinku Banerjee said:
“This is a great opportunity for commuters to avoid the rush hour traffic and save both time and money in the process.
“With the price of petrol on the rise and rush hour road congestion often reducing traffic to a crawl, the deal could help make people’s daily journeys easier, cheaper and greener.”
A four-week n-train park and rail ticket which can be used on most trains in the Network West Midlands area would save £155.50, and a four-week n-network park and rail ticket for use on most trains, buses and the Metro would save £155.
Up to nine trains an hour leave Birmingham International for New Street station and journeys take as little as 10 minutes, less than half the time it would take to drive into the city centre.
The station’s car park has more than 2,000 spaces and is situated next to the station.
Park and rail tickets will be available from the station until March 31 2012.